Pepe left Wednesday’s semifinal against Switzerland with a shoulder injury and he was officially released from national team duty today.
The Seleção has only one central defender available in Jose Fonte, or they can use Danilo, should Fernando Santos choose to move him into that role.
Danilo missed the Switzerland match due to suspension, but is eligible to play on Sunday at the Estádio do Dragão.
Fonte, who entered the match as a sub for the injured Pepe, spoke confidently in the mixed zone (press) after Wednesday’s match.
“I am ready for anything. I was ready to play in case I was needed tonight. Let’s see what happens with Pepe and what Fernando Santos eventually decides. We are 23 players ready to help.”